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Santa fe Trail
Information about the Bridger family, including the ancestry of Western explorer Jim Bridger, starting with Colonel Joseph Bridger (1628-1688), an emigrant to Virginia.
Information about Charles Bent (1798-1847), part owner of Bent's Fort in Kansas Territory and native of Saint Louis, murdered at his home in Taos while serving as governor of New Mexico. Also a brother...
Paper about the life of Cornelius Gilliam, a western explorer born probably in North Carolina and moving to Clay County, Missouri, by 1821. He became sheriff during the Blackhawk War and the Mormon expulsion,...
Daniel Morgan Boone
Information about Daniel Morgan Boone (1769-1850), the seventh of eleven children of Daniel and Rebecca Bryan Boone and an explorer, trapper, and surveyor, one of the Kansas City area's first white residents...
Explorers In This Area
File contains information about various explorers of the Kansas City and Missouri areas, including early Spanish, French, and English explorations back to the 1500s through the fur traders and mountain...
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Photo, illustrations, and information on Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, or Henry Schoolcraft (1793-1864), an early American ethnologist and pioneer Missouri journalist and mining expert. Native of New York moving...
File containing illustrations and information about James Beckwourth (ca. 1795-1864), an early African American mountain man of the Rocky Mountains. He passed through the Kansas City area several times...
Extensive information on Jim Bridger (1804-1881), one of the greatest Western guides from the early 1820s to the Civil War, including the founding of Fort Bridger and the site selection for the first railroad...
James P. Beckwourth
File contains information about James Beckwourth, an explorer of the West, including California and the Santa Fe Trail, in the 1830s-1840s.
Information about Jim Baker (1818-187?), an explorer of the West involved in the fur trade in the Rocky Mountains with a cabin on the Little Snake River valley in Colorado.
John C. Fremont
File contains biographical information about General John Charles Fremont (1813-1890), the "Pathfinder of the West," who was born in Georgia and became an army expeditioner starting in the 1830s. He made...
Portrait and information on Joseph Reddeford Walker, or Joseph Walker (1798-1876), "ranked with [Jedediah] Smith, [Kit] Carson, Jim Bridger, Old Bill Williams and others as an explorer and pathfinder"...
Information about Kit Carson (1809-1868), a famous trapper, Indian agent, mountain man, and guide of the Far West. Description of his move to Missouri during the War of 1812, then starting in wagon freighting...
Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
File contains newspaper clippings, magazine and newsletter articles concerning the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial celebration 2004-06.
Old Bill Williams
Illustrations and information on William Sherley Williams, or Old Bill Williams (1787-1849 ca.), a Santa Fe Trail scout, mountain man, and Fort Osage interpreter. Native of North Carolina raised in the...
Information on Louis Robidoux, a Santa Fe trader starting in 1821 moving to California in 1844 and becoming an early government official there. Brother of Antoine Robidoux and Joseph Robidoux born in Saint...
Information on Michel Robidoux, a fur trapper in New Mexico, Arizona, and Wyoming in the early and middle 19th century, born in Saint Louis in 1798 as the brother of Francois Robidoux (born in 1788), Louis...
Information on Antoine Robidoux (1794-1860), a fur trader "called 'the knight of the Colorado river fur trade.'" Brother of Louis Robidoux (1796-1868) and Joseph Robidoux (1783-1868) becoming a Santa Fe...
Illustration and information on Joseph Robidoux (1783-1868), a prominent western fur trader, founder of Saint Joseph, Missouri about 1826, and brother of Antoine Robidoux and Louis Robidoux, et al. Son...
Seth E. Ward Residence
Photos, maps, and information about the former farm of western trader William Bent (1809-1869), later part of the Seth Ward (1820-1903) residence at 1022 West 55th Street, adjacent to and overlapping Loose...
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